Hope Photographs

Hope Photographs

by Alice Rose George
     
 

Even without uttering the word, hope is with us as an instinct, a feeling, an impulse, as an insistent human reflex in the face of negativism and despair. The photographs in this collection were assembled to make hope more than a reflex; in the face of these wonderful testaments to human optimism and nobility, our sense of hope manifests itself in all its marvelous… See more details below

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Even without uttering the word, hope is with us as an instinct, a feeling, an impulse, as an insistent human reflex in the face of negativism and despair. The photographs in this collection were assembled to make hope more than a reflex; in the face of these wonderful testaments to human optimism and nobility, our sense of hope manifests itself in all its marvelous power.

A belief that we have value, that humanity has nobility, was the guiding principle in assembling these photographs. Focusing on images from the second half of the twentieth century, this collection includes work by some of the most distinguished photographers of our era. Here are photographs that record the innocent optimism of childhood as a mother combs her daughter's hair in preparation for her first communion, or children gather at an idyllic swimming hole. Others record hope as the great motivator, from the cosmic, in an extraordinary image of Apollo II blasting into space, to the individual, as a Mexican family gazes across the border as they await an opportunity to run to California. And here too is unforgettable evidence of hope in the most desperate of circumstances: a family resolutely gathers its personal belongings after a flood; a Rwandan tailor intently pursues his routine amidst a scene of utter devastation. And we see hope even in our biological essence, in Lennart Nilssons' astonishing photograph of a sperm meeting an egg.

More than one hundred photographers have contributed to this compelling portrait of this thing, this urge, this hope that gets us out of bed in the morning, that makes us believe we can do the most mundane and the most impossible of tasks.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
In this age of cynicism and despair, this work is designed to emphasize the optimism inherent in humankind. More than 100 photographs gathered from leading contemporary photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Joel Meyerowitz, and Richard Misrach, and three brief, reflective essays by noted writers Robert Coles, Reynolds Price, and Lionel Tiger, portray the endless ways that survival, determination, and renewal are manifested. Thus, we see athletes in motion, families coping with disasters, missiles hurtling into space, individuals confronting death, plant life poking through desolate terrains, lovers dreaming, and the expectant faces of children. There are some touching images in this publication, which accompanies an exhibition traveling across the United States in the coming year, but the essence of hope remains elusive here. A marginal purchase.--Joan Levin, MLS, Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500542286
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
09/14/1998
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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